April 12

Deuteronomy 17

1No ox or sheep which has a mark on it or is damaged in any way may be offered to the Lord your God: for that is disgusting to the Lord your God.

2If there is any man or woman among you, in any of the towns which the Lord your God gives you, who does evil in the eyes of the Lord your God, sinning against his agreement,

3By becoming a servant of other gods and worshipping them or the sun or the moon or all the stars of heaven, against my orders;

4If word of this comes to your ears, then let this thing be looked into with care, and if there is no doubt that it is true, and such evil has been done in Israel;

5Then you are to take the man or woman who has done the evil to the public place of your town, and they are to be stoned with stones till they are dead.

6On the word of two or three witnesses, a man may be given the punishment of death; but he is not to be put to death on the word of one witness.

7The hands of the witnesses will be the first to put him to death, and after them the hands of all the people. So you are to put away the evil from among you.

8If you are not able to give a decision as to who is responsible for a death, or who is right in a cause, or who gave the first blow in a fight, and there is a division of opinion about it in your town: then go to the place marked out by the Lord your God;

9And come before the priests, the Levites, or before him who is judge at the time: and they will go into the question and give you a decision:

10And you are to be guided by the decision they give in the place named by the Lord, and do whatever they say:

11Acting in agreement with their teaching and the decision they give: not turning to one side or the other from the word they have given you.

12And any man who, in his pride, will not give ear to the priest whose place is there before the Lord your God, or to the judge, is to be put to death: you are to put away the evil from Israel.

13And all the people, hearing of it, will be full of fear and put away their pride.

14When you have come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and have taken it for a heritage and are living in it, if it is your desire to have a king over you, like the other nations round about you;

15Then see that you take as your king the man named by the Lord your God: let your king be one of your countrymen, not a man of another nation who is not one of yourselves.

16And he is not to get together a great army of horses for himself, or make the people go back to Egypt to get horses for him: because the Lord has said, You will never again go back that way.

17And he is not to have a great number of wives, for fear that his heart may be turned away; or great wealth of silver and gold.

18And when he has taken his place on the seat of his kingdom, he is to make in a book a copy of this law, from that which the priests, the Levites, have in their care:

19And it is to be with him for his reading all the days of his life, so that he may be trained in the fear of the Lord his God to keep and do all the words of this teaching and these laws:

20So that his heart may not be lifted up over his countrymen, and he may not be turned away from the orders, to one side or the other: but that his life and the lives of his children may be long in his kingdom in Israel.

Deuteronomy 18

1The priests, the Levites, that is, all the tribe of Levi, will have no part or heritage with Israel: their food and their heritage will be the offerings of the Lord made by fire.

2And they will have no heritage among their countrymen: the Lord is their heritage, as he has said to them.

3And this is to be the priests’ right: those who make an offering of a sheep or an ox are to give to the priest the top part of the leg and the two sides of the head and the stomach.

4And in addition you are to give him the first of your grain and wine and oil, and the first wool cut from your sheep.

5For he, and his sons after him for ever, have been marked out by the Lord your God from all your tribes, to do the work of priests in the name of the Lord.

6And if a Levite, moved by a strong desire, comes from any town in all Israel where he is living to the place marked out by the Lord;

7Then he will do the work of a priest in the name of the Lord his God, with all his brothers the Levites who are there before the Lord.

8His food will be the same as theirs, in addition to what has come to him as the price of his property.

9When you have come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, do not take as your example the disgusting ways of those nations.

10Let there not be seen among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter go through the fire, or anyone using secret arts, or a maker of strange sounds, or a reader of signs, or any wonder-worker,

11Or anyone using secret force on people, or putting questions to a spirit, or having secret knowledge, or going to the dead for directions.

12For all who do such things are disgusting to the Lord; and because of these disgusting things the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

13You are to be upright in heart before the Lord your God.

14For these nations, whose land you are taking, give attention to readers of signs and to those using secret arts: but the Lord your God will not let you do so.

15The Lord your God will give you a prophet from among your people, like me; you will give ear to him;

16In answer to the request you made to the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the great meeting, when you said, Let not the voice of the Lord my God come to my ears again, and let me not see this great fire any more, or death will overtake me.

17Then the Lord said to me, What they have said is well said.

18I will give them a prophet from among themselves, like you, and I will put my words in his mouth, and he will say to them whatever I give him orders to say.

19And whoever does not give ear to my words which he will say in my name, will be responsible to me.

20But the prophet who takes it on himself to say words in my name which I have not given him orders to say, or who says anything in the name of other gods, will come to his death.

21And if you say in your hearts, How are we to be certain that the word does not come from the Lord?

22When a prophet makes a statement in the name of the Lord, if what he says does not take place and his words do not come true, then his word is not the word of the Lord: the words of the prophet were said in the pride of his heart, and you are to have no fear of him.

Job 12

1And Job made answer and said,

2No doubt you have knowledge, and wisdom will come to an end with you.

3But I have a mind as well as you; I am equal to you: yes, who has not knowledge of such things as these?

4It seems that I am to be as one who is a cause of laughing to his neighbour, one who makes his prayer to God and is answered! the upright man who has done no wrong is to be made sport of!

5In the thought of him who is in comfort there is no respect for one who is in trouble; such is the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

6There is wealth in the tents of those who make destruction, and those by whom God is moved to wrath are safe; even those whose god is their strength.

7But put now a question to the beasts, and get teaching from them; or to the birds of the heaven, and they will make it clear to you;

8Or to the things which go flat on the earth, and they will give you wisdom; and the fishes of the sea will give you news of it.

9Who does not see by all these that the hand of the Lord has done this?

10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all flesh of man.

11Are not words tested by the ear, even as food is tasted by the mouth?

12Old men have wisdom, and a long life gives knowledge.

13With him there is wisdom and strength; power and knowledge are his.

14Truly, there is no building up of what is pulled down by him; when a man is shut up by him, no one may let him loose.

15Truly, he keeps back the waters and they are dry; he sends them out and the earth is overturned.

16With him are strength and wise designs; he who is guided into error, together with his guide, are in his hands;

17He takes away the wisdom of the wise guides, and makes judges foolish;

18He undoes the chains of kings, and puts his band on them;

19He makes priests prisoners, overturning those in safe positions;

20He makes the words of responsible persons without effect, and takes away the good sense of the old;

21He puts shame on chiefs, and takes away the power of the strong;

22Uncovering deep things out of the dark, and making the deep shade bright;

23Increasing nations, and sending destruction on them; making wide the lands of peoples, and then giving them up.

24He takes away the wisdom of the rulers of the earth, and sends them wandering in a waste where there is no way.

25They go feeling about in the dark without light, wandering without help like those overcome with wine.

Acts 3

1Now Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer;

2And a certain man who from birth had had no power in his legs, was taken there every day, and put down at the door of the Temple which is named Beautiful, requesting money from those who went into the Temple;

3He then, seeing Peter and John going into the Temple, made a request to them.

4And Peter, looking at him, with John, said, Keep your eyes on us.

5And he gave attention to them, hoping to get something from them.

6But Peter said, I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up on your feet.

7And he took him by his right hand, lifting him up; and straight away his feet and the bones of his legs became strong,

8And, jumping up, he got on to his feet and went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and giving praise to God.

9And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

10And they saw that it was the man who made requests for money at the door of the Temple, and they were full of wonder and surprise at what had taken place.

11And while he kept his hands on Peter and John, all the people came running together to the covered way which is named Solomon’s, full of wonder.

12And when Peter saw it he said to the people, You men of Israel, why are you so greatly surprised at this man? or why are you looking at us as if by our power or virtue we had given him the use of his legs?

13The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has given glory to his servant Jesus; whom you gave up, turning your backs on him, when Pilate had made the decision to let him go free.

14But you would have nothing to do with the Holy and Upright One, and made request for a man of blood to be given to you,

15And put to death the Lord of life; whom God gave back from the dead; of which fact we are witnesses.

16And his name, through faith in his name, has made this man strong, whom you see and have knowledge of: yes, the faith which is through him has made him well, before you all.

17And now, my brothers, I am conscious that you did this, as did your rulers, without knowledge.

18But the things which God had made clear before, by the mouth of all the prophets, that the Christ would have to undergo, he has put into effect in this way.

19So then, let your hearts be changed and be turned to God, so that your sins may be completely taken away, and times of blessing may come from the Lord;

20And that he may send the Christ who was marked out for you from the first, even Jesus:

21Who is to be kept in heaven till the time when all things are put right, of which God has given word by the mouth of his holy prophets, who have been from the earliest times.

22For Moses said, The Lord will give you a prophet from among your people, like me; you will give ear to everything which he will say to you.

23And every soul who does not give attention to that prophet, will be cut off from among the people.

24And all the prophets from Samuel and those who came after, every one of them, gave word of these days.

25You are the sons of the prophets, and of the agreement which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, Through your seed a blessing will come on all the families of the earth.

26To you, first, God sent his servant, blessing you by turning every one of you from his sins.

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